Lightspeed Electroid Albegas (光速電神アルベガス,Kōsoku Denjin Arubegasu?) was an anime series aired from 1983 to 1984 in Japan, Latin America, Spain and Italy. There were 45 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. Other loosely translated names are "Arbegas", "Arebegas", "Lightspeed ElectroGod Arbegas" and "Arbegas: El Rayo Custodio".
Three talented students of a technical high school, Daisaku, Tetsuya and Hotaru create award-winning robots as part of a school competition. At this time, the evil Derinja race that plans control of all space extends its ambitions to Earth. To combat this threat, Hotaru's father, Professor Mizuki, takes the three robots and modifies them for battle. Albegas, a super robot, is born.
The three individual robots form by stacking on top of one another to form a super robot called Albegas. There are six stackable formations. Each one serves a special function. Individually, the name of the robots are derived from Greek alphabets (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma).
A friend of the three pilots, Goro, also piloted the comic relief Gori Robo (in the tradition of Boss Borot from Mazinger Z).
Stack (top to bottom)
Denjin Dimension (Electroid Dimension)
Alpha, Beta, Gamma
Black, Blue, Red
Beta, Gamma, Alpha
Blue, Red, Black
Alpha, Gamma, Beta
Black, Red, Blue
Gamma, Alpha, Beta
Red, Black, Blue
Gamma, Beta, Alpha
Red, Blue, Black
Beta, Alpha, Gamma
Blue, Black, Red
When combined, the first listed robot forms the upper torso, head, arms, and thighs of Albegas, the second robot listed forms the midrif, upper backpack, and the backs of the lower legs, and the third robot forms the waist, the lower backpack, and the prominent portion of the lower legs.
Super Abega and New Super Abega
In the beginning of the series, each pilot also used a smaller aircraft, which was flown in through small hatches into the backs of the robots in order to pilot the robots. The three aircraft could also combine into a single jet called the Super Abega.
They were very quickly replaced by a different set of small aircraft that could transform into different bipedal droid forms, and similarly combined into the New Super Abega.
New Jet Alpha/Jetrobo Alpha
New Jet Beta/Jetrobo Beta
New Jet Gamma/Jetrobo Gamma
Voltron and Albegas
Albegas was intended to be incorporated into the Voltron universe as the third portion of the Voltron: Defender of the Universe series, but due to the extreme popularity of the Golion-derived Voltron and lack of popularity of the Dairugger XV-derived portion of the series, the plan was ultimately scrapped in favor of a new season of originally animated "Lion Voltron" episodes. However, Albegas toys were still released as "Voltron II" (a.k.a., "Gladiator Voltron") in the MatchboxVoltron toyline, and Albegas made a brief appearance as Gladiator Voltron in the Voltron comic book series. Ultimately, Albegas did eventually appear in the U.S. in unaltered form as a laserdisc arcade game from Sega.